Childhood Begins at Home
Childhood Begins at Home is a statewide campaign to help policymakers and the public understand the value of evidence-based home visiting and support public investments in the programs. This group and its members were successful in its goal of increasing investment in evidence-based home visiting by $15 million in 2022-23, based on the Childhood Begins at Home campaign website. The Pennsylvania Parents as Teachers (PA PAT) State Office is a governing campaign member.
Family Center Network
In 1992, the Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Health, and Public Welfare (now Human Services) were charged with creating a new level of integration, coordination, and enhancement of services for Pennsylvania’s children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the departments developed the Pennsylvania Community-Based Family Center Initiative as an efficient way to provide needed supports and community services to help families and their children.
Pennsylvania Community-Based Family Centers implement the PAT program and build on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework to realize positive outcomes for families and their children in improved health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. Family Centers address the unique needs of the communities where they serve which can include programs that promote adult education, family literacy, fatherhood programs, family and individual counseling, youth development and afterschool programs, employment and training assistance, supporting families with substance abuse issues, and parent leadership opportunities. Many Family Centers work closely with their local court systems, Centers of Excellence, probation offices, and county children and youth agencies.
Pennsylvania Family Center Network is comprised of Family Center representatives from each of the four regions of Pennsylvania where Family Centers are located. Members of the network share experiences and best practices and advocate for Pennsylvania Community-Based Family Centers as a resource for families in communities.
Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals
Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals offers professional learning including certification courses for home visitors and family support professionals. In collaboration with national home visiting models, they developed the National Core Competency Framework. PAT has adopted this framework for use with PAT program staff. The National Parents as Teachers Center partners with the Institute and the National Home Visiting Coalition to create Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting, a series of resources for evidence-based home visiting programs.
National Home Visiting Coalition
National Home Visiting Coalition is a diverse group of organizations committed to the well-being of children. The Coalition to promote continued federal support of home visiting to strengthen families in communities across the country. The organization works to promote home visiting as a valuable service to families addressing maternal and child health outcomes, parenting supports, and family stability.